France seeks killer of bear shot in Pyrenees

Foix (France) (AFP) French experts will carry out an autopsy Wednesday on a young brown bear discovered dead in the Pyrenees mountains this week with gunshot wounds, in a bid to ascertain who killed the animal, local authorities said. The creature was a male about four or five years old, weighing some 150-200 kilogrammes (330-440 … Continue reading France seeks killer of bear shot in Pyrenees

Schalke’s US player McKennie slams ‘racist’ Trump

Berlin (AFP) Schalke's American midfielder Weston McKennie has accused Donald Trump of being a racist and criticised the US president for his behaviour following the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests around the world. "In my eyes, he can be called racist," McKennie, a 21-year-old US international, said in an interview with German … Continue reading Schalke’s US player McKennie slams ‘racist’ Trump

China reports progress in swine fever vaccine trials

Beijing (AFP) A vaccine developed in China for African swine fever, which devastated the country's pig herd and caused pork prices to soar, is progressing smoothly, according to results reported on Wednesday. The widespread outbreak of swine fever since August 2018 has disrupted the supply of pork in China, where it is a staple meat, … Continue reading China reports progress in swine fever vaccine trials

German FM voices ‘serious concerns’ over Israeli annexation plan – France 24

Jerusalem (AFP) Germany and its European partners have "serious concerns" over Israel's plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Jerusalem Wednesday. The first high-level European visitor to touch down in Israel since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Maas brought a message of disquiet from Berlin and elsewhere … Continue reading German FM voices ‘serious concerns’ over Israeli annexation plan – France 24

Iran reports more than 2,000 new virus cases

Tehran (AFP) Iran on Wednesday announced more than 2,000 new coronavirus infections, in line with a recent surge in cases that President Hassan Rouhani attributed to increased testing. "When more tests are done, then naturally more cases are identified," Rouhani told a televised meeting of his cabinet. Iran says a recent surge in confirmed coronavirus … Continue reading Iran reports more than 2,000 new virus cases

Families of Italy virus victims seek ‘truth and justice’

Bergamo (Italy) (AFP) Fifty relatives of coronavirus victims filed complaints Wednesday over the handling of the pandemic in the first such legal group action in Italy, which has reported over 34,000 deaths. "We don't want revenge, we want justice," said Stefano Fusco, 31, who created a group on Facebook to reach out to others in … Continue reading Families of Italy virus victims seek ‘truth and justice’

Sweden names chief suspect in PM murder, closes probe

Stockholm (AFP) Swedish prosecutors on Wednesday named their main suspect in the 1986 killing of prime minister Olof Palme, closing the murder case that has gripped the Scandanavian country for more than three decades. The suspect was named as Stig Engstrom, a former advertising consultant known for his staunch opposition to Palme's leftwing policies and … Continue reading Sweden names chief suspect in PM murder, closes probe

Everton to host Liverpool in potential title decider at Goodison

London (AFP) Liverpool's clash with Everton on June 21 will be played at Goodison Park after Liverpool City Council gave the go-ahead for both sides to complete their remaining Premier League fixtures at home. Victory at the home of their Merseyside rivals would see Liverpool clinch a first league title in 30 years if Manchester … Continue reading Everton to host Liverpool in potential title decider at Goodison

Nature joins global academic strike against anti-black racism

Paris (AFP) The science publisher Nature took the unprecedented step Wednesday of delaying the release of all the research in its flagship journal as part of a global strike to protest institutional anti-black racism in academia. Prompted by the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death in US police custody of George Floyd, the … Continue reading Nature joins global academic strike against anti-black racism

Malaysia ex-first lady’s handbags damaged by police: lawyer

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Hundreds of handbags belonging to Malaysia's scandal-plagued former first lady have suffered serious damage after being seized by police, a lawyer grumbled Wednesday -- prompting mockery from graft-weary citizens. Rosmah Mansor became a lightning rod for public anger during the rule of her husband, prime minister Najib Razak, who was accused of … Continue reading Malaysia ex-first lady’s handbags damaged by police: lawyer

Death toll from Nigeria jihadist attack rises to 69

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) The death toll from an attack by jihadists linked to the Islamic State group on a village in northeast Nigeria has risen to 69, security sources and residents said Wednesday. Fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction shot and ran over residents with vehicles in the … Continue reading Death toll from Nigeria jihadist attack rises to 69

Amid global controversy, Greece moves forward with chloroquine

Nea Kifissia (Greece) (AFP) Seemingly unaffected by the controversy in the global scientific community, Greece has resumed production of chloroquine to treat cases of coronavirus and is conducting clinical trials with a "calm and distant approach", scientists there say. Chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and hydroxychloroquine, a related compound normally used to treat arthritis, have been … Continue reading Amid global controversy, Greece moves forward with chloroquine